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The Grapevine Chats with Ami McKay & Ken Schwartz about Nothing Less!

The Grapevine Chats with Ami McKay & Ken Schwartz about Nothing Less! By Emily Leeson The 2017 outdoor summer season Two Planks and a Passion Theatre production at Ross Creek features a world premiere of Nothing Less!, cowritten by novelist Ami McKay and Artistic Director Ken Schwartz as the Theatre Off The Grid MainStage production. *Nothing Less!* follows Canadian women during the Great War as they knit their bit, bought Victory bonds, and kept the home fires burning. Yet they still didn’t have the vote. Set during the spring of 1918, the show is a moving tale of an intrepid…
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Who’s Who: Chief Sidney Peters

Who’s Who: Chief Sidney Peters By Mike Butler   What a true honour it is to share this ‘Who’s Who’ profile with you! This fascinating man came my way via recommendation (which sometimes produces the most interesting ‘Who’s Who’ articles), and I am so thankful my email was working that day! It has been a superb experience getting to know Chief Sidney Peters through our interview and I’m delighted to share his story with you. Chief Sidney Peters is the 13th of 14 children to the past Chief Joseph Peters and Doris Peters. He was born and raised in Middleton,…
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Recipe: Pizza

Recipe: Pizza By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | www.jennyosburn.com Jenny Osburn is the author of The Union Street Café Cookbook. Her second cookbook, The Kitchen Party Cookbook, is due out this September. Nothing says I love you like homemade pizza, at least at our house. The Father’s Day offering here will definitely be baked in the oven, not on the barbecue. The dough is so simple to make and so fun to play with that any children lying around will want to be involved. As for the toppings, that’s up to you. If you have picky…
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The Maritime Small Farms Co-op: A Community Affair

The Maritime Small Farms Co-op: A Community Affair By Sarah Pittoello Sarah Pittoello farms with her husband Joey and their two kids, Mia and Lewyn, at Rerooted in Hortonville. Sarah is also a counsellor in private practice, sarahpittoello.com, and Joey is the Director of Coffee at Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op. You can learn more about the Maritime Small Farms Co-op at martitimesmallfarms.ca, follow us on facebook, or come chat with us on Saturday mornings at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market. When I recently responded to a survey for my vision of a sustainable food system in the Valley, my response…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens–Getting Outside

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens–Getting Outside By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist Acadia University recently had the pleasure of hosting over 330 environmental educators from across Canada during the 2017 Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication conference. So much magic happened at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, and around campus, during the 3-day conference that it’s impossible to put it all into words. 130 presenters shared their stories and environmental education experiences with delegates. New connections were made, tears of wonder were shed, and great ideas were born. One clear take-away from the conference was the feeling…
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Uncorked: Marion Bridge Returns to the Valley

Uncorked: Marion Bridge Returns to the Valley By Mike Butler Marion Bridge, the place, might not be much to look at. It’s a Canadian rural community in Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The community is named for the eponymous bridge that crosses the Mira River, Marion Bridge, being approximately midway between the river’s source in Grand Mira and its discharge point at Mira Gut. The current concrete highway bridge was constructed in 1982 as a replacement for an older bridge, which collapsed after an accident involving a snowplow. And that about sums it up! But in 1998, renowned local…
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Who’s Who: Jeremy Lutes

Who’s Who: Jeremy Lutes By Mike Butler This ‘Who’s Who’ is about a real prince of a fella everyone! I’ve known Jeremy Lutes, and his wonderful parents, for many years, but it wasn’t until recently when I interviewed Jeremy on my half-hour discussion show on Eastlink TV called Annapolis Valley In-Focus, that we really got to know each other well. Jeremy is an intelligent, positive, talented, and genuinely nice person, and I’m very excited to feature him here. Jeremy Germain Lutes was the last baby (or so he was told) born in the Wolfville hospital and, believe it or not…
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Wild Eats : Toddler Hiking – Pants Optional

Wild Eats : Toddler Hiking – Pants Optional By Avery Peters   This evening my son lay right down at the end of my neighbour’s driveway with his nose to the curb to inspect an ant. His head was just barely hanging over into the road. I was preoccupied with teaching him the concept of staying on the sidewalk and the dangers of the road and how he is supposed to hold my hand. I watched him for a moment, fully engrossed in the ant’s tiny little world and then he started smacking the ant… (I guess he’s seen us…
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The Dome Chronicles: A Dark Secret Unearthed

The Dome Chronicles: A Dark Secret Unearthed By Garry Leeson In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through…
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20 Ways to Get Outdoors This Summer

20 Ways to Get Outdoors This Summer By Genevieve Allen Hearn Looking for ways to enjoy the warmer weather? We compiled a list of hikes, bikes, swims, and outdoor experiences from Windsor to Kingston. All suggestions are family friendly – why not try one of these ideas with your pops on Fathers’ Day? 1. Hike It Baby, Wolfville This non-profit organization is dedicated to connecting families to nature with birth to school age children. Weekly walks rotate between toddler paced hikes and baby carrier adult paced hikes. To find out about hikes, join the “Hike It Baby Wolfville” Facebook group….
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